Ranveer Singh’s new film might get shelved over story rights

Ranveer Singh’s most recent film venture seems to have gotten into trouble before it even started filming. The new film is the Bollywood remake of the Tamil blockbuster, Anniyan. Producer V Ravichandran has sent a legal notice to the director of the remake as well as the original film, S Shankar. The legal notice says that the rights to the original story and screenplay are exclusively his and can not be utilised by anyone other than him. S Shankar disproves this claim.

A similar controversy arose around a year ago when Zee Studio brought in Bharat director, Ali Abbas Zafar to set in motion the remake of the 1987 classic, Mr. India. The fact that Shekhar Kapur who is the original director of the film and lead actor Anil Kapoor was unaware of the sale of rights for the remake and was bothered that they weren’t consulted before the decision reflects the loopholes in the Hindi film industry.

According to legal experts, a lot of countries like the US, New Zealand, Australia follow identical rules and regulations as India and the copyright act says that the producer is the exclusive owner of cinematic rights in the absence of a contract arrangement to the contrary. However, in the UK, there are provisions in the law that allows the director to hold the rights as well.

In 2013, Ram Charan starrer Zanjeer, which was the remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s Zanjeer also faced a lot of controversy as the original writer of the film, Salim Khan, demanded Rs. 6 crores as compensations as he wasn’t asked for permission before the makers went ahead with the movie.

The Delhi High Court had also instructed director Ram Gopal Varma to pay producer Ramesh Sippy Rs. 10 lakh for copying multiple bits and pieces of the latter’s film – Sholay in his film Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag.

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